Last week I had the opportunity to test drive the 2024 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe, and I have to say, the vehicle is impressive. This car is a really good blend of luxury and performance.
Building upon the solid foundation of the Benz-branded, the AMG-tuned GLE 53 Coupe takes performance to exhilarating new heights. This mid-size SUV is available in two striking body styles: the traditional squareback and the sporty coupe-like design. I test-drove the coupe. Whether you choose the GLE 53 or the range-topping GLE 63 S, both variants offer an abundance of horsepower, delivering an unrivaled driving experience. Speaking of the GLE, also see my 2021 GLE 450 4Matic review here.
Under the hood of the GLE53 Coupe lies a remarkably smooth 429-horsepower turbocharged inline-six engine, while the GLE63 S takes it up a notch with an awe-inspiring 603-horsepower twin-turbo V-8. Both powertrains are paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, ensuring exceptional performance and control on any road. Despite the coupe styling's slight sacrifice in cargo space, the GLE's comfortable ride and tech-focused cabin remain uncompromised.
As standard, every 2024 GLE model boasts a range of luxurious features, including an electric panoramic sliding sunroof, heated front seats, and automatic high-beams. Moreover, this impressive SUV surprises with its ability to tow up to 7700 pounds, making it an ideal companion for both adventure seekers and luxury enthusiasts alike.
What's New and Changed in The 2024 AMG GLE 53
In 2024, the GLE 53 and GLE 63 S models undergo a mid-cycle refresh, enhancing their already impressive presence on the road. One notable update is the new front bumper on the GLE53, which adds a touch of attitude inspired by the GLE63 S. Both models also receive revised LED daytime running lights and taillights, further enhancing their modern and sleek appearance. Mercedes introduces two new paint options for the 2024 models, Alpine Grey and Twilight Blue metallic, allowing drivers to personalize their GLE even more.
Additionally, the GLE63 S coupe now comes standard with a new 22-inch forged wheel design, which not only adds to its sporty aesthetic but also enhances performance. This wheel design is also available as an option on other models within the GLE lineup. Mercedes has also focused on improving the driving experience, stating that the turbo six engine now delivers more torque, resulting in quicker acceleration. These updates in the 2024 GLE53 and GLE63 S demonstrate Mercedes' commitment to refining their already exceptional vehicles and ensuring they remain at the forefront of performance and style.
Here is the 2024 AMG GLE 53 Coupe vs 2023 AMG GLE 53 Coupe. My friend brought his 2023 model and we parked next to each other for this image exclusively for the Torque News readers.
The GLE 53 Coupe is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 engine that produces 385 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque. This engine is paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission and 4MATIC all-wheel drive. The GLE 53 Coupe can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds, and it has a top speed of 130 mph.
The GLE 53 Coupe is also surprisingly fuel-efficient for a performance car. It gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.
Exterior and Interior
The 2024 AMG GLE 53 Coupe has a sleek and sporty design. The front end is dominated by a large AMG grille with vertical slats. The headlights are LED and feature a distinctive daytime running light signature. The lower fascia is aggressive and features large air intakes.
The side profile of the GLE 53 Coupe is sleek and flowing. The roofline is sloping, and the rear haunches are muscular. The wheels are 20 inches in diameter and are available in a variety of styles.
The rear of the GLE 53 Coupe is also sporty. The taillights are LED and feature a distinctive light signature. The bumper is aggressive and features a diffuser. The exhaust system is quad-tipped.
The 2024 AMG GLE 53 Coupe is available in a variety of colors, including:
- Polar White
- Brilliant Blue Metallic
- Obsidian Black Metallic
- Selenite Gray Metallic
- MANUFAKTUR Twilight Blue Metallic
- MANUFAKTUR Alpine Grey Metallic
The GLE 53 Coupe also has a number of optional features that can be added to improve its appearance, including:
- AMG Night Package
- Carbon Fiber Package
- AMG Performance Exhaust System
- Panoramic Sunroof
In addition to its impressive performance, the GLE 53 Coupe also has a luxurious interior. The cabin is spacious and comfortable, and it's filled with high-quality materials. The seats are supportive and well-cushioned, and the ride is smooth and refined.
Here are a couple of things in the interior that particularly attracted me. I was immediately impressed by the comfortable seats. I also loved the materials used throughout the interior. The leather was soft and luxurious, and the wood trim was beautiful. The panoramic sunroof was a great touch. It made the cabin feel much more open and airy.
The GLE 53 Coupe also comes standard with a long list of features, including a panoramic sunroof, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The infotainment system is easy to use and it has a large number of features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Here are some of the things I liked about the GLE 53 Coupe:
- The performance is impressive. The 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 engine is powerful and responsive, and the 9-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly.
- The interior is luxurious. The cabin is spacious and comfortable, and it's filled with high-quality materials.
- The ride is smooth and refined. The GLE 53 Coupe is a comfortable car to drive, even on long trips.
- The technology is advanced. The infotainment system is easy to use and it has a large number of features.
- Here are some of the things I didn't like about the GLE 53 Coupe:
The fuel economy is not great. The GLE 53 Coupe gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The price is high. The GLE 53 Coupe starts at $74,900. Overall, I think the 2024 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe is a great car. It's powerful, luxurious, and comfortable. If you're looking for a high-performance SUV that won't break the bank, I would definitely recommend checking it out.
Here are some additional thoughts on the GLE 53 Coupe:
I think the GLE 53 Coupe is a great choice for people who want a luxurious and powerful SUV. It's not the cheapest SUV on the market, but it's worth the price if you want a car that has it all.
I also think the GLE 53 Coupe is a great choice for people who want a car that's fun to drive. The GLE 53 Coupe is not a sports car, but it's still a lot of fun to drive on winding roads.
The Driving Experience
In many ways I was thoroughly impressed when I test drove the 2024 AMG GLE 53 Coupe for this review. This performance SUV offers a thrilling driving experience, a luxurious interior, and a long list of features.
The GLE 53 Coupe's handling is also impressive. The stiff suspension provides excellent grip, and the well-balanced chassis makes it easy to drive through corners. Even on rough roads, the ride is still comfortable enough for everyday driving.
The interior of the GLE 53 Coupe is luxurious and well-appointed. The seats are comfortable and supportive, and the materials used throughout the interior are top-notch. The GLE 53 Coupe also comes standard with a long list of features, including a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen, a Burmester sound system, and a panoramic sunroof.
Overall, I was very impressed with the 2024 AMG GLE 53 Coupe. It is a powerful, luxurious, and practical SUV that offers a thrilling driving experience. If you are looking for a high-performance SUV that can do it all, the GLE 53 Coupe is a great option.
Here are some of the pros and cons of the 2024 AMG GLE 53 Coupe:
- Powerful engine
- Excellent handling
- Luxurious interior
- Long list of features
- Firm ride
- Not as practical as some other SUVs
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